Blue wave in Connecticut (with cartograms)

This is the eighth in a series of pretty pictures showing what this year's blue wave looks like. So far, I've done Pennsylvania, New York, and New England.

Here's how things stood before the 2006 election.

Sad to see so much red in a place like Connecticut...

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Blue wave in Rhode Island (with cartograms)

This is the seventh in a series of pretty pictures showing what this year's blue wave looks like. So far, I've done Pennsylvania, New York, and most of New England. Connecticut is tomorrow.

Here's how things stood before the 2006 election.

Can't do much better...

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Why Senators' Approval Ratings Don't Mean Much

With the most recent state-by-state Senator approval ratings from SurveyUSA, I'm noticing a pretty disturbing trend.  Senators' approval ratings don't really mean that much in the grand scheme of things.  Sure, voters in Pennsylvania didn't like Rick Santorum, and he lost handily.  Then again, voters in Montana hated Conrad Burns, and he nearly won.

Lincoln Chafee, on the other hand, just weeks after losing reelection has a 51% approval rating in Rhode Island.  Jon Kyl won reelection despite a 46% approval rating.  Isn't it strange how more voters disapprove of Kyl than approve of him, yet more of them voted to give him another term in the Senate?

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Blue wave in Massachusetts (with cartograms)

This is the sixth in a series of pretty pictures showing what this year's blue wave looks like. So far, I've done Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Here's how things stood before the 2006 election.

Can't do much better...

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Blue wave in Vermont (with cartograms)

This is the fifth in a series of pretty pictures showing what this year's blue wave looks like. So far, I've done Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, and New Hampshire.

Vermont only has one district, so a cartogram by district is just a big boring outline. It's also debatable whether Vermont had a blue wave. Nevertheless, I don't want to skip Vermont, so I'm posting it on a travel day.

Here's how things stood before the 2006 election.

The green represents independent congressman (and senator-elect) Bernie Sanders, who caucused with Democrats.
And afterwards...

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